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NC State gateway at sunset

Sep 10, 2021

Neutron Beam More Accurate Probe Than X-ray, Could Also Be Used to Find Physics’ ‘Fifth’ Forces

A neutron beam technique gave researchers more accurate measurements of silicon's properties, and could be used to detect elusive fifth forces, such as dark energy. 

The NC State Belltower at dusk and night. Photo by Marc Hall

Aug 19, 2021

Partition Function Zeros are ‘Shortcut’ to Thermodynamic Calculations on Quantum Computers

A new method enables quantum computers to measure the thermodynamic properties of systems by calculating the zeros of the partition function. 

human hand and robotic hand touching via a liquid surface

Apr 29, 2021

New Law of Physics Helps Humans and Robots Grasp the Friction of Touch

The law governs friction that occurs when two solid surfaces come into contact with a thin layer of fluid between them. 

NC State Belltower lit from below with red lighting.

Apr 22, 2021

Students Win Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Two NC State students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, joining the ranks of the brightest undergraduate researchers in the nation. 

NC State Goldwater Scholar Jack Featherstone leans against a railing.

Apr 16, 2021

From Landslides to Asteroids, Scholar Wants to Understand It All

2021 Goldwater Scholar Jack Featherstone conducts research into the physics of phenomena on Earth and in outer space. 

Churchill Scholar Ana Sofia Uzsoy

Apr 1, 2021

NC State’s 3rd Churchill Scholar Steps Toward a Bright Future

Computer science and physics major Ana Sofia Uzsoy will study machine learning at Cambridge University next year on one of the country's most prestigious scholarships. 

diagram of a solar-powered greenhouse

Mar 17, 2021

Study Finds Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses

You can definitely grow plants (and make electricity) in a greenhouse made of see-through solar panels. 

Photo of campus gateway.

Feb 17, 2021

The Search for Electron-Hole Liquids Gets Warmer

Graduate student Ryan Wilmington describes the prediction and discovery of electron-hole liquid formation at high temperatures. 

red laser beams

Jan 27, 2021

Zapping Quantum Materials With Lasers Tells Us How Atoms Relate

Want to know how a quantum material acts on the atomic level? Zap it with a laser! 

Ellipsoid screen shot

Jan 12, 2021

Playing With Gravity

Student-created video game lets you use gravitational forces to propel a ship through space. 

NC State alumna and astronaut Christina Koch

Nov 19, 2020

NASA Astronaut Christina Koch to Deliver NC State Commencement Address

NASA astronaut and NC State alumna Christina H. Koch is the featured speaker at NC State's first ever virtual commencement. 

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is helped out of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft.

Nov 19, 2020

Launching the Next Generation

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, a three-time graduate of NC State, knows how to thrive working from home, which she did flawlessly during a record-breaking 328 days in space. She'll share her message of how NC State helped prepare her to become NASA's most accomplished female astronaut on Dec. 4 as the featured speaker at the university's first virtual commencement. 

Aug 5, 2020

Effective Field Theory: Q&A With Sebastian Koenig

Sebastian Koenig talks about how effective field theory helps nuclear physicists understand the universe. 

drop of liquid metal turns to a stream of liquid metal when a small voltage is applied

Jul 27, 2020

Controlling Streams of Liquid Metal at Room Temperature

Researchers have demonstrated a technique that allows them to produce streams of liquid metal at room temperature. 

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Jun 19, 2020

Teaching Physics to Neural Networks Removes ‘Chaos Blindness’

"Teaching" physics to neural networks helps them adapt to chaos.